Unless you’ve been off the grid in the beauty scene last few years, you’d be aware that Korea beauty has taken over the industry by storm. Beauty products like CC creams, cushion compacts, and current no-makeup/dewy skin are trending, all thanks to K-beauty. If you think K-beauty has reached its most glorious apex, you’re making erroneous assumptions. In fact, the K-trend keeps rolling, as more innovative (and weird) ingredients are introduced in the market and are predicted to be big in 2017. From donkey milk to cauliflower, these are the weirdest ingredients of Korean skincare that claim to be amazing for your skin.


1. Donkey milk

After snail cream and horse oil, donkey milk mask is the skincare you will want to add to your vanity table. Even the queen of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, bathed in donkey milk to maintain the beauty and youth of her skin. It has 4 to 5 times more vitamin C than regular cow’s milk, and also is rich in proteins, which help in soothing sensitive skin and skin conditions like eczema. Try: Freeset Donkey Milk Masks.


2. Wine

If you love wine, you gotta love this Korean sheet mask! Red wine is not only for your wine o’clock, it also works great on oily skin thanks to anti-inflammation properties. Plus, it helps reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. Go on and pair the mask with a glass of your favorite drop too. Try Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Mask.


3. Charcoal & Cauliflower

We might be aware about charcoal face washes or charcoal peel off masks but the combination of charcoal and cauliflower? It’s indeed something new. Charcoal is known for its whitening effect and purifying agent, which draws dirt, toxin and other micro-particles out from the surface of your skin, allowing a brighter complexion. Cauliflower surprisingly isn’t just good for you when you eat it, it helps you detox and provides sufficient hydration for your skin. Sounds bizarre but we would give it a go! Try Rx. Collabo Puricharcoal with Cauliflower Mask.


4. Yuza

Yuza is a citrusy fruit similar to the grapefruit and pomelo. Before you get confused, it’s also known as the Japanese’s Yuzu or Yuja. Yuza has a super high concentration of vitamin C that helps brighten skin and protects from premature skin aging signs. Besides, what’s better than a refreshing scent on your face every morning to kick-start your day? Try Skinfood Yuja Water C Serum.


5. Centella

This ancient healing plant has become the rising star among the ingredients of Korean skincare products. It carries awesome anti-bacterial properties and helps in fading scars as the extracts have been found to be calm inflammation and grant speedy wound healing. The soothing formula of centella helps to reduce redness and irritation caused on skin. Try Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream.


6. Ginseng

This root has been popular for centuries for its ability to strengthen immune systems and boost energy levels. It even provides anti-inflammatory benefits and is packed with antioxidants that contain a molecule named saponin, which encourages the production of hyaluronic acid to protect the skin’s moisture barrier. Try Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewal Cream.


7. Birch juice

Tackle your dry skin with hydrating birch juice! Being hailed the superdrink that replaces coconut water, birch juice’s rich amino acids, sugars and minerals help to retain the hydration level and oil-moisture balance in the skin. Try Birch Juice Hydro Cream.


8. Truffle

The oil extracted from white truffle has outstanding moisturizing and brightening powers that drench the skin with moisture and restores damaged skin without being greasy to the touch. Proper hydration can plump up dry skin, make fine lines look less noticeable and retain youth in no time. Try Neogen White Truffle Serum In Oil Drop.


Article first published on